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While these past few weeks have brought fear, uncertainty and isolation, we all owe the people risking their health for our benefit more than we can imagine.

Some years ago, life as I knew it was put on a sudden and dramatic hiatus in the form of an inattentive driver who attempted to cross U.S. 30 near Plymouth in the path of our car.

Airports around the world have become parking lots for grounded planes. The last time this many aircraft were idle was after the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001. Today’s near-shutdown of commercial aviation caused by the coronavirus is worse. It is likely to last much longer than the …

When sirens sound and storm clouds threaten, folks head to their basements or severe weather shelters. They don’t stand around scoffing at a tornado’s imminent danger because statistics show that far more people die each year from heart disease, cancer or car accidents than twisters.

Sorry, Hoosier tourists – you’ve just been given one more reason to cross a state line in search of that perfect day trip.

The race for the Democratic nomination could not have changed more dramatically in less than a week. Gone is the fear or presumption – depending on one’s view – that Sen. Bernie Sanders was on course to a November matchup against President Trump. Gone are the candidacies of Tom Steyer, Pete …

WASHINGTON — Few things in television happen suddenly, excluding breaking news. The headline that MSNBC's Chris Matthews announced Monday night - "I'm retiring" - was no exception.

Fear can be contagious. The world needs a co-ordinated economic response to the fast-spreading strain of the coronavirus, not only to address the disruption to finance, commerce and industry directly but also to reassure the public and restore confidence.

Nobody wants to see a global pandemic that will strike billions and kill millions. But, if it happened, it might finally drive home the point that universal access to health care – in whatever form and by whatever means – is not an act of charity.

Pete Buttigieg put it best. Summing up the Democratic presidential race at Wednesday’s debate in Las Vegas, the ex-mayor from Indiana said of Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg: “We shouldn’t have to choose between one candidate who wants to burn this party down and one who wants to buy th…

Iran’s election on Friday was a blow to moderates, a disappointment for conservative rulers and bad news for the region too. The result was largely ordained before anyone could cast a ballot. Hardliners appear to have swept the parliamentary contest – taking all 30 seats in Tehran – because …

A few years after my 1983 move to Fort Wayne, I was sitting in a restaurant on the south side of town when the dishes on all the tables rattled, as if the floor had suddenly shifted beneath us. The next day, I read that a 5-point-something earthquake had hit the seismic zone between Indiana …

We got off to a running start this week as the second half of session really got going. Right now, I am sponsoring eight Senate bills, and keeping a close watch on my two bills over in the Senate. Six of the Senate bills I am sponsoring have already been heard in committee. Those will now mo…

College students currently graduate with an average student loan debt of $30,000. At a 4 percent interest rate, monthly payments of $304 ($3,648 per year) retire the debt in 10 years. In all the current brouhaha about the college loan crisis, an important cost to borrowers is unmentioned. To…

President Trump’s campaign to purge the government of anyone not blindly loyal to him continued Wednesday with the appointment of Richard Grenell as acting director of national intelligence. Mr. Grenell, who currently serves as ambassador to Germany, is manifestly unqualified for the job, ev…

China has a new hero. Li Wenliang was one of eight doctors who tried to sound the alarm at the end of December about a new illness spreading quickly in the city of Wuhan. Instead of listening to the doctors, though, authorities silenced them and lost precious time to contain what we now know…

This week we began the second half of this year’s legislative session. In the first half, we passed 114 bills out of the House and the Senate advanced 169 bills. One point I always like to make is about the collaborative environment at the Statehouse. Of the bills that passed the House so fa…

Many residents of Miami County have probably heard by now of the Indiana Department of Transportation’s (INDOT) current effort to purchase homes along U.S. 31. In fact, some of you reading this article, may have been directly contacted by INDOT, or been subject to the “leave behind post card…

President Trump waited barely 48 hours after his acquittal by the U.S. Senate to exact revenge against witnesses who gave sworn testimony to Congress about the administration’s withholding of military assistance to Ukraine. The retaliation was raw, in the open and reminiscent of the purges s…

Senate Republicans’ dutiful vote to acquit President Trump on impeachment charges Wednesday was not the exoneration the president and his defenders desperately want. Rank partisanship and a sham trial decided the verdict before it was rendered, robbing it of its power to clear Trump of abusi…

It was a triumphalist speech, delivered in a setting intended for humility and respect. The State of the Union address, which the president delivers at the invitation of the speaker of the House, is stage-managed to acknowledge the primacy of Congress. President Trump used it to trumpet the …

WASHINGTON -- Dang, if he didn't do it again: Donald John Trump slid out the back door and won the Iowa caucuses Monday night, thanks to a vote-counting app apocalypse, and he's set to be acquitted on the two impeachment charges leveled against him.

Donald Trump’s Arab-Israeli peace plan rests upon the absurdity of the Palestinians accepting a state in name alone. Since 1993’s Oslo accords, hope had been kindled that a “Palestine” could be created from most of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with its capital in East Jerusalem. The Trump a…

Alas, no one ever lost money betting on the cynicism of today’s congressional Republicans. On Friday evening, Republican senators voted in near lock step to block testimony from any new witnesses or the production of any new documents, a vote that was tantamount to an acquittal of the impeac…

We had a great discussion on a wide range of issues in Logansport last week. Thanks to the Logansport-Cass County Chamber of Commerce for hosting legislators for the Third House session. One of the biggest topics we discussed was education. We have passed several bills this session that are …

As the Senate moves toward pivotal votes on witnesses and the articles of impeachment, Republican senators who decide that Donald Trump’s shakedown of Ukraine was sleazy, but not worth removing him from office, still have a problem. They risk angering a president who insists his actions were…

Fay Waldman survived Auschwitz. She survived because Josef Mengele, the depraved Nazi doctor, decided on her arrival at the concentration camp that she shouldn’t die. “I will never forget his lifting his black-leather gloved hand and pointing which way we should go, to the labor camp or to t…